From the President
Who is ready for spring weather?!? I know I am!! Before we look ahead to the NJLA Conference and warm (we hope!) ocean breezes in Long Branch, I do want to take a moment to reflect on another successful VALE Users’ Conference that was held on Friday, January 9th. The cold weather made for an interesting trip to Piscataway but it was well worth it to join nearly 300 librarians from around the state at the 16th Annual Conference. “On the Road to Excellence: Library Pathways to Student and Faculty Success” was the theme and the posters and programs featured during the conference were outstanding and reflected this theme. In addition to the poster and breakout sessions, a round of Lightning Talks was introduced this year, which were very well received. Our keynote speaker, Melissa Bowles-Terry, provided an engaging talk entitled “Library Impact on Student Success: How Do We Make a Difference?” that was both informative and thought provoking.
As the President of NJLA CUS/ACRL-NJ, I also serve as co-chair of the conference and I am pleased that my WP colleague and long-time co-chair, Richard Kearney, agreed to serve one last year. Richard’s hard work, attention to detail, planning and other behind the scene efforts are what make the conference a success year after year. Richard goes above and beyond planning the Conference and it was gratifying to see Richard surprised when VALE Executive Committee Chair Taras Pavlosky presented him with an appreciation plaque for his efforts in his last year as co-chair. A big thank you to all the members of the Conference Committee and special thanks to Judy Avrin for all that she does to make the conference a success.
The NJLA Conference Planning Committee has also been hard at work especially since the NJLA Conference is earlier than it has been the past three years. I hope that many of you will be joining us for the Conference that is scheduled for April 20th –April 22nd at the conveniently located and recently renovated Ocean Place Resort in Long Branch. The theme for this year’s conference is “Libraries on the Edge” and Rich Harwood and Jason Griffey are the featured keynote speakers.
The College and University Section is sponsoring or co-sponsoring 13 programs at the Conference, including one pre-conference, so be sure to check out the full schedule for details: http://njlaconference.info/schedule. Also, be sure to sign up for the College and University Luncheon on April 22nd where we will recognize the recipients of the Distinguished Service Award, the Research Award and the Technology Innovation Award. Dr. Edward Tenner, a noted speaker and writer on technology and culture, is the featured luncheon speaker and we look forward to hearing from him while enjoying lunch with colleagues. The early bird registration deadline for the conference is extended until April 10.
I would also like to note that while much of our time and effort is focused at the local level, being an active member of professional organizations does have its benefits and we can make a difference on the national level. The open letter drafted by members of the VALE Shared Information Literacy Committee and the NJLA/CUS/ACRL-NJ User Education Committee regarding the proposed Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education is one example of a local concern that garnered national attention. I would also like to congratulate New Jersey City University’s JP Porcaro for embracing the challenge of being a candidate for the 2016-2017 American Library Association Presidency. Voting opened on March 24 and runs until May 1, and we wish JP the best of luck in the election.
While it is a busy time of the semester, I hope to see many of you down the shore!
Nancy Weiner, President of NJLA CUS/ACRL-NJ, is Assistant Director, Access & Information Services at the David & Lorraine Cheng Library at William Paterson University of New Jersey.
Edward Tenner to Speak at CUS Luncheon at NJLA Conference
Edward Tenner is an independent historian of technology and culture affiliated with the Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies at Princeton, and with Rutgers University and the National Museum of American History. His books include the international bestseller Why Things Bite Back: Technology and the Revenge of Unintended Consequences and Our Own Devices: The Past and Future of Body Technology, of which Howard Segal wrote in Nature: “Tenner has become a worthy successor to such luminaries as business philosopher Peter Drucker, social critic Lewis Mumford and historian Lynn White in connecting technology’s past, present and future.” Edward Tenner was executive editor for physical science and history at Princeton University Press and gave one of the first courses on the history of information as a visiting lecturer at Princeton in 1990. He has also held visiting research positions at the Institute for Advanced Study, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the Princeton Center for Information Technology Policy.
Dr. Tenner received his A.B. from Princeton University and his Ph.D. in History from the University of Chicago, and has been a Junior Fellow of the Harvard Society of Fellows and a Guggenheim Fellow.
Dr. Tenner will speak at the College and University Section Luncheon on Wednesday, April 22nd, at 12:30pm. Full conference information is found at http://njlaconference.info/.
From the Editors: Editorial Changes at the Newsletter
We would like to extend our gratitude to Sharon Whitfield for her service as Co-Editor of the Newsletter for three years. Sharon was instrumental in converting the Newsletter to a web-based format using Drupal, helping to accomplish one of the goals of the Marketing and Communications Committee. The new format permitted greater interactivity and easier distribution. In addition to her work at the Cooper Medical School of Rowan University Library, Sharon is currently pursuing a doctorate degree.
After lots of electronic communications and collaborations, Newsletter co-editors Joan Dalrymple and Sharon Whitfield meet for the first time while presenting a poster about the Newsletter at the 2014 VALE Annual Users' Conference.
With this issue, we are pleased to welcome Rebecca Sloat of Rutgers University as a new Co-Editor, joining Katie Maricic Cohen of Ramapo College, and Joan Dalrymple of Bergen Community College. Rebecca works in Distributed Technical Services as a coordinator and Serials Team Leader at Rutgers. Rebecca is currently featured in the Member Spolight on the NJLA CUS/ACRL-NJ web page.
Taras Pavlovsky to Receive 2015 Distinguished Service Award
By Elizabeth Leonard
It is my pleasure to announce that Taras Pavlovsky, Dean of the Library at the College of New Jersey, is the recipient of the 2015 Distinguished Service Award, granted by the New Jersey Library Association’s College and University Section / Association of College and Research Libraries New Jersey chapter. This honor is awarded annually to an individual who, by his or her outstanding contributions, has directly enriched the profession of librarianship in New Jersey.
This award honors Taras’ leadership on behalf of libraries, librarians and the library profession in New Jersey. Taras is currently the Dean of the Library at The College of New Jersey, and during his almost twenty years at TCNJ was integral to the design, construction and development of the current TCNJ library. He has also served as Interim Dean for TCNJ’s School of Arts and Communication and was a tenured library faculty member before accepting the position of Dean of the Library.
2015 Research Award Winner and Forum Presenters @ the NJLA 2015 Annual
By Cynthia Coulter
The winner of the 2015 NJLA CUS/ACRL-NJ Research Award is Jane Johnson Otto, of Rutgers University Libraries, for her publication, “University Faculty Describe their Use of Moving Images in Teaching and Learning and their Perceptions of the Library's Role in that Use,” found in College & Research Libraries, 75(2), 115-144.
A formal presentation of the award will take place at the College and University Section’s luncheon on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 (Oceanport South Room from 12:30 to 2:20 p.m.), during the NJLA Annual Conference at the Ocean Place Resort & Spa in Long Branch, NJ. Jane will be presenting more about her research during the Research Forum later in the afternoon, from 2:30 to 3:15. An abstract of her publication can be found below. The full article can be retrieved from: http://dx.doi.org/doi:10.7282/T3DR2SVW
Bergen Community College Wins Technology Award
By Alyssa Valenti & Romel Espinel
The NJLA College and University Section (CUS) Technology Committee is pleased to announce that the NJLA CUS/ACRL-NJ Technology Innovation Award winner for 2015 is:
The BCC Library App from Bergen Community College, led by
- Yolanda Sheppard – Bergen Community College
- Marissa Drukker -- Bergen Community College
They are joined by this year's nominees for the Awards:
- Space Management Database project – Rob Krack – Rutgers University Libraries
- Portable iPad Cart project – John DeLooper – Hudson County Community College
- Leveraging Springshare’s LibAnswers 2.0 System project – Elizabeth Leonard & Sharon Ince – Seton Hall University Library
The winner will present their innovation at the 2015 NJLA Annual Conference Technology Innovation Forum on Tuesday, April 21st, from 3:10 to 5:00pm in Long Branch, NJ along with all of the nominees.
The Technology Innovation Award will be presented at the College and University Section Luncheon on Wednesday, April 22nd.
Please join us in congratulating the winner and nominees for the Technology Innovation Award at the 2015 NJLA Conference!
Registration information is online at: http://njlaconference.info/ The early registration deadline is April 10th.
Alyssa Valenti, Electronic Resources & Web Services Librarian at Raritan Valley Community College, and Romel Espinel, Web Services Librarian at Stevens Insititute of Technology, are co-chairs of the NJLA CUS/ACRL-NJ Technology Committee.
Vincent Pelote Receives Jazz Advocate's Award
By Ann Watkins
On March 1, 2015, Vincent Pelote, Interim Director for the Institute of Jazz Studies, received the Jazz Advocate’s Award from the New Jersey Jazz Society. The award commemorates Mr. Pelote’s “many years of service to the jazz community as a historian, documentarian, broadcaster and particularly [his] stewardship of the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University-Newark.” The presentation took place at the Society’s annual musical event, the Pee Wee Russell Memorial Stomp.
For more information, visit the Rutgers University Libraries News and Events Archive.
Ann Watkins is the Life Sciences Librarian, Collection Development Coordinator & Arts Coordinator at Rutgers University's Dana Library in Newark.
Calling All Access Services Librarians and Staff
Registration has begun for the 2nd Annual New Jersey Access Services Round Table "Let's Circulate". The round table will be held Friday, June 5th from 10am-2pm at Rutgers - New Brunswick. All Access Services practitioners are invited to join us for networking and discussion about all things Access Services. Lunch will be provided courtesy of Rutgers University Libraries.
To register, please fill out your contact information and topics of interest to you here: https://tcnj.qualtrics.com//SE/?SID=SV_eRiMJU5lSgrPu73
The final agenda will be sent out to participants May 5th .
For more information, please contact:
Head of Access Services & Systems
Harry A. Sprague Library
Montclair State University
Bergen Community College
Wendy Kosakoff joined the Sidney Silverman Library faculty in the fall as a lecturer.
The College of New Jersey
Marci Zane started as Education Librarian at The College of New Jersey in July 2014. Marci is an alumna of the College, successfully completing the TCNJ Honors Program and graduating summa cum laude with a BA in English. She earned her MLIS from Rutgers University, and holds NJ Standard Certificates both as a School Library Media Specialist and in Secondary English Education. She has taught English at both East Brunswick High School and Hunterdon Central Regional High School, and most recently was a library and media specialist at Hunterdon Central. In 2012 she was named the New Jersey Association of School Librarians’ Outstanding Library Media Specialist of the Year, and in 2013 she was recognized as an Emerging Leader by the American Library Association. Marci's research focuses on inquiry-based learning and adoption of information literacy skills by high-school students.
(Editors’ note: this was omitted in error from the Fall 2014 Newsletter.)
Jesse Mann, Ph.D., began as Theological Librarian in August 2014; Kathy Juliano has been appointed Electronic Resources Management Librarian effective April 1, 2015. In Circulation, new staff include Judy Ahlers, Mark Boisclair and Jenna Ingham. Linda E. Connors, Ph.D., has been serving as Interim Dean since mid-June 2014. A search for a new Dean of the Libraries is currently underway.
A renovation to establish an Academic Commons on the main floor of the Library was completed during the summer. The Commons brings together the Instructional Technology Center including its Help Desk, the Center for Academic Excellence (writing and tutoring center) alongside the more traditional library services, reference and research assistance, circulation, etc. In January 2015 the Wilson Reading Room in the Center for Archives and History was transformed in a complete renovation.
Georgian Court University
Barbara Herbert, Behavioral Sciences and Business Librarian, presented an in-service workshop, Copyright in the K-12 School, to the librarians in the Lakewood Township School District in February. She showed them her copyright and plagiarism LibGuides, went through the requirements of fair use, and how important it is to have a copyright policy for the district. After the formal presentation, there was a very lively discussion regarding several “situations” regarding copyright. One of the best questions was “How early can we start teaching this to the students?” Her reply was “As soon as they start creating or writing papers, start teaching them about plagiarism.”
She will present a poster at the NJLA conference on Tuesday April 21 (afternoon session) on her project "Jersey Devil Detectives" -- a partnership with the Lakewood Middle School. She will also be participating in a virtual panel discussion on "Successful Library Partnerships" at the NJLA Virtual Pre-conference on Monday, April 20 discussing the "Jersey Devil Detectives" project.
Montclair State University
Mary Mallery is interviewed along with several other senior library administrators in the article, A Career of Our Own: Academic Librarians Reflect on Gender and Leadership. American Libraries March/April 2015, 65-67. The article was written by Marta Deyrup of Seton Hall University.
Raritan Valley Community College
Alyssa Valenti, the Electronic Resources and Web Services librarian at Raritan Valley Community College, was selected to attend the Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing in Boston on February 18 – 21. The Tapia Celebration is geared towards minorities, women, and other underrepresented populations in the field of computing.
Bob Egan, Head of Technical Services, has been elected Academic Chair in the library at Raritan Valley Community College. The library structure has changed to an Academic Chair model with elections, by the full-time librarians, of a new chair every three years.
Two new librarians joined the Rutgers University Libraries, George F. Smith Library of the Health Sciences, Information & Education Department in February 2015.
Mina Ghajar was recently hired as Information and Education Librarian. She earned her MLS in May 1993 from the Rutgers School of Communication and Information. Earlier in her career, Mina ran the Library at the Center for State Health Policy at the Rutgers Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research. More recently, she served as Associate Director of the Library at the College of Saint Elizabeth. Mina is currently a member of the VALE Shared Information Literacy committee and is also active in the Special Libraries Association (SLA) and HSLANJ, the Health Sciences Library Association of New Jersey. Mina can be reached at email@example.com.
Sarah Jewell comes to Rutgers – Smith Library, having most recently been a Clinical Medical Librarian at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC). She was also employed at the Science, Industry, and Business Library at New York Public Library. Sarah earned an MLS from Rutgers in 2005. She is currently the newsletter editor for the New York – New Jersey Chapter of the Medical Library Association and served as a column editor for The Journal of Hospital Librarianship from 2014 –present. Sarah has numerous publications and presentations to her credit and is considered an expert on database searching in support of systematic review publication. Sarah can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Judit Ward announces that the Rutgers Center of Alcohol Studies Library is the recipient of a 2015 Carnegie Whitney Grant from the American Library Association to complete a project entitled R4R: Reading for Recovery. The library will create an online tool, based on books already in library collections, to help librarians advise readers affected by addiction in any way.
Saint Peter’s University
The New York chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) held their Winter Symposium, "The Academic Librarian in the Open Access Future" on December 5 at Baruch College in Manhattan.
Daisy DeCoster and Hao Zeng with their poster at the ACRL/NY Winter Symposium.
Librarians Daisy DeCoster and Hao Zeng presented a poster at the event titled “Building an Institutional Repository on a Shoestring." The poster was one of 7 selected from 44 proposals. The meeting was attended by more than 200 academic librarians. University archivist, Mary Kinahan-Ockay collaborated with DeCoster and Zeng to create the Saint Peter's University Digital Repository which provides open access to student scholarship and archival materials.
Seton Hall University
Amanda Mita has joined Seton Hall University Libraries as Librarian/Archivist in Special Collections. Amanda comes to us from positions at the Philadelphia Federal Reserve and as Project Archivist at History Associates most recently. Prior to that Amanda was a graduate student and instructor at Cornell. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers in Medieval Studies, an MS in LIS from Drexel, and will complete her MA in Medieval Studies from Cornell this summer.
Union County College
Karen Venturella Malnati, Acquisitions librarian at Union County College, described the College’s embedded librarian program to UCC faculty at the Feb 27, 2015 Technology Education Faculty Showcase. Begun as a pilot program in Fall 2011, the program is presently being offered in a variety of Psychology and History courses. Originally offered to only online and hybrid courses, the program has been expanded as an option for any course using the online CMS. The Union County College Embedded Librarian program was an NJLA poster session and an assessment of the program was published in Community and Junior College Libraries in Summer 2013.
Union County College recently approved offering the one credit Methods in Library Research (LIS-105) as an online course. This course, offered since 2003, is primarily offered on the Elizabeth campus. It has traditionally been paired with Learning Enhanced through Accelerated Paths (LEAP) English classes. LEAP provides students the opportunity to accelerate their course of study through developmental or ESL courses.
Meeting Your Social Media Needs!
By Katie Maricic Cohen
The NJLA CUS/ACRL-NJ Marketing and Communications Committee wants to spread our organization’s message in a way that will reach you- our ever loyal members- NJ academic librarians. Back in October, we asked you to tell us how you use social media. You responded and now we are planning to meet your needs!
Survey results showed that a lot of you would like to follow NJLA CUS/ACRL-NJ on social media, yet many are not currently doing so. If you want to get the latest updates, follow our Twitter and Facebook pages. Many of you responded that you are on Twitter and Facebook, so we decided to improve these pages which already exist instead of creating new ones on less-used platforms.
SCARLA Hosts Panel on Academic Reference & Career Fair
By Sara Keegan
SCARLA at Rutgers University recently sponsored a panel on campus entitled “Academic Reference in the Trenches.” The panel was moderated by Kay Cassell, former director of the MLIS program and current professor at Rutgers. The following librarians participated: Jody Caldwell, associate librarian and head of reference and resource services of Drew University; Maria Deptula, library director of Berkeley College; Katie Maricic Cohen, interlibrary loan, reference and instruction librarian of Ramapo College; Kate McGivern, reference, instruction and media services librarian of Bergen Community College; and Yingting Zhang, information and education librarian of Rutgers University. Each panel member had a lot to say about her day-to-day tasks as academic librarians around the state.
"Academic Reference in the Trenches" Panelists (left to right): Kate McGivern, Katie Maricic Cohen, Yingting Zhang, Maria Deptula and Jody Caldwell.
Happy Birthday to the Marketing and Communications Committee
By Mary Mallery
The NJLA CUS/ACRL-NJ Marketing and Communications Committee is five years old! To celebrate, the members of the Committee suggested that I write up a brief history to review how we started and what we are working on today.
When Trevor Dawes was NJLA CUS/ACRL-NJ President in 2010, he noticed that there were a lot of different venues for communication, such as a wiki and a website and a blog, but they were not kept current and they were not coordinated, so he tasked Denise O'Shea, the Chair of the Technology Committee, and myself, the Web Coordinator, to come up with a plan. We reached out to other members of the CUS Executive Board, and came up with a proposal for a new Marketing and Communications Committee with the mission "to expand the College and University Section (CUS)’s presence and influence, as well as enhance its image and credibility inside and outside the organization." The proposal was accepted in 2010, and so the Committee began its work.
Mary Mallery and Paul Martinez presenting the poster "Developing a Strategic Plan for Marketing and Communications" at the 2012 VALE Annual Users' Conference.
The Marketing Committee members are representatives of CUS Committees responsible for communication and member outreach: the Newsletter Committee, the Membership Committee, the Website Coordinator, the Technology Committee; and it is also open to any NJLA and ACRL member who has an interest in serving.
What’s All the Fuss about the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education?
By Megan Dempsey and Heather Dalal
At ALA Midwinter, the ACRL Executive Board approved the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education as a new information literacy document for the profession. The Framework is intended to evolve the profession’s thinking on IL and help librarians develop programs and promote IL discussions at their institutions. It’s been in the works for over a year and there has been a lot of buzz about it among information literacy librarians in the past few months. Here’s an attempt to summarize what’s been going on.
Rowan University Libraries to Engage in Remote User Testing Study
By Aileen Bachant
This spring, Rowan University Libraries will evaluate the accessibility of online Library resources through a remote user testing study. The three-part study, proposed by the Rowan University Libraries Website Committee in partnership with EBSCO Information Services, will inform decisions for the highly anticipated Libraries website redesign project, estimated to begin in the late fall of 2015. EBSCO is currently offering this service as a pilot project, and may offer this service to other customers in the future.
Creating LEGO ® Masterpieces at the Library
By Wendy Kosakoff and Jonathan Torres
In the fall of 2014 the Sidney Silverman Library at Bergen Community College began hosting LEGO® Thursdays. Billed as an opportunity for students to take a break from their work and have fun at the library, the initiative has quickly gained popularity. The library provides a large bucket of LEGO® in a comfortable, central location, and students quietly construct creative masterpieces.
The library’s LEGO® building station provides a stress-free environment for all ages. It gives students an outlet to express themselves creatively, work with their hands, take their minds off school work, share ideas, and indulge in friendly competitions.
What makes LEGO® Thursdays so popular? Since the beginning of the initiative, librarians Wendy Kosakoff and Jonathan Torres have continued to promote it in a variety of ways such as regular inclusion in the campus newsletter The Bergen Daily, poster signage, and student outreach events. The librarians have learned that many businesses have used LEGO® to improve employee productivity and encourage team building.
As the LEGO® building station continues to gain momentum with students, the Sidney Silverman Library plans to host its first LEGO® building competition at the end of the spring semester. Top contestants will receive great prizes, and creations will be proudly exhibited in the library display cases.
Wendy Kosakoff and Jonathan Torres are reference and instruction librarians at Bergen Community College.
From the Newsletter Archives
This twenty year-old throwback volume of the NJLA/ACRL Newsletter speaks volumes about how much the academic library world has changed, and stayed the same, since its publication in Spring 1995. Read as Rachel Gardner, then NJLA/ACRL President, warns librarians against becoming "custodians of a book warehouse" as the "information superhighway" passes them by. Reminisce about presentations at that year's conference in Atlantic City, and see what your colleagues were up to two whole decades ago!
Building Bridges, Fostering Engagement: The Rutgers Art Library Lego® Playing Station
By Megan Lotts
The Art Library Lego® Playing Station was installed in August of 2014 at the Rutgers University Art Library to stimulate creativity and innovation. Since Installation of the Art Library Lego® Playing Station the Art Librarian has documented over 400 images of models created at the table. The station has been the focal point of many events, contests, course assignments, and workshops including:
- “Create your own Lego® Character” coloring contest
- “Create your ideal Library out of Legos®” contest
- Lego® workshops with Rutgers University Library faculty and staff
- An assignment with a section of the SAS honors colloquium
- An information literacy workshop with Academic Coaches from the Rutgers Learning Centers
- A collaborative project with 100 freshmen from the Department of Landscape Architecture who experienced the Lego® Playing Station as a means to connect to their library liaison to learn more about the libraries
- A Rutgers Geek Week event
- A Block Party for the first annual NJ Makers Day events
The Art Library Lego® playing station has been a catalyst for building bridges and fostering engagement within the Rutgers communities. This station is also a place where individuals can come together to use hands-on activities to build critical thinking skills and have fun. But one of the most interesting parts of this project is coming into the Art Library every day to see what has transpired at the table. Some days it appears that a group of grubby young children have been let loose at the table and Legos® are strewn everywhere, including some on the floor. Other days the Art Librarian finds elaborate models that tell stories about the students, their lives, their imaginations, and their dreams.
To find out more about the Rutgers University Art Library Lego® Playing Station please view a short video Lego® Building Fosters Creativity on Rutgers Campus created by Cameron Bowman from Rutgers Today, read the article, "Lego® Play: Implementing a Culture of Creativity & Making in theAcademic Library," or contact Rutgers Art Librarian, Megan Lotts at email@example.com.
Megan Lotts is the Art Librarian at Rutgers University.